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Course Description

Create both vibrant and subdued paintings with strong compositions using watercolor tubes, and watercolor pencils. Instruction includes demos on watercolor techniques applying watercolor washes, painting wet in wet, and painting without a sketch. Learn about staining and lightfast colors. The instructor will provide a variety of still lives, landscapes, nature images, and more that will be available online. We will have individual and group critiques for showing off your work and class supportive response.

 

Course Outline

In this workshop style class we’ll focus on creating both vibrant and subdued paintings with strong compositions using watercolor tubes, and watercolor pencils. Instruction includes demos on watercolor techniques- applying transparent verses opaque watercolor, washes, painting wet in wet, mixing different color sets, continuous review of both historical and contemporary artists. Students will also learn about staining and lightfast colors. The instructor will offer both assemble still life material, and photos of images taken from nature, landscape, interiors, buildings, and more. In addition to individual critiques, the class will also have group critiques of their paintings. This is a multi-level class serving beginners through advanced artists, due to this some students will be working from the assembled still life while others will be working independently from material they provide. Outside of class– work on painting and sketches to share for critiques– a critique is for showing off your work and class supportive response. Post your drawings to the Google drive links, which will be provided. The schedule below covers what we will focus on during the class, and may be adjusted. Weekly schedule and still life material subject to change.

Week 1:  Introductions, Review of Materials/Books, Discuss still life and  thumbnail sketches, applying watercolor wash to shapes
– Still life 1: Choose from selected images provided. Create your composition from a portion of the image having at least 2 or more shapes. An online handout/sample of the instructor’s still life will be provided.
– Beginning students: first work on exercises including mixing colors, value studies, transparency and opaque studies, washes, then sketch thumbnails of composition, transfer to watercolor paper, and paint a monochromatic study from the still life focusing on 1 – 3 shapes in their composition.
– Continuing/Intermediate/advanced students: focusing on 2 – 5 shapes in their composition.
– All Students:
– Instructor will demo drawing thumbnail sketches of still life composition
– Begin with 1- 3 thumbnail sketches of shapes only–no details
– Put grid on sketch if desired to help transfer image to watercolor paper
– Remember to leave the white of your paper- (we will discuss this)
–Try your colors out before beginning
– Block in your large shapes first with watercolor wash

 Week 2:  Review Sketchbooks/outside work, Applying wash to background
– Still life 2: Choose from selected images provided. Create your composition from a portion of the image having at least 2 or more shapes. An online handout/sample of the instructor’s still life will be provided.
– Instructor will demo thumbnails of still life and begin transferring on to watercolor paper, demo of applying wash to background.
– Beginning students: sketch thumbnails of composition, transfer to watercolor paper, and select 2- 4 complements to use in your painting of the still life, Try your colors out first, have your composition focus on 1- 2 shapes. Remember to leave white of your paper.
– After sketching shapes in, decide where your light is coming from and if there is any light in the background leave this area white. Next, apply a light watercolor wash to the background with the exception of the area that may have light–and will remain white.
– Continuing/Intermediate/advanced: focus on at least 3 shapes in your composition.
– After sketching shapes in, decide where your light is coming from and if there is any light in the background leave this area white. Next, apply a light watercolor wash to the background with the exception of the area that may have light–and will remain white.
– Group Critique of Paintings

Week 3:  Review Sketchbooks/outside work, Painting wet in wet, full spectrum  painting vs. limited palette
– Still life 3: Choose from selected images provided. Create your composition from a portion of the image having at least 2 or more shapes. An online handout/sample of the instructor’s still life will be provided.
– Instructor will demo painting wet in wet. 
– All Students: sketch thumbnails of composition, transfer to watercolor paper, decide if you will use a full spectrum of colors or a limited palette, try these colors out first, decide where your light is coming from. Begin painting using the wet in wet technique demonstrated.

Week 4:  Review Sketchbooks/outside work, Painting without a sketch on paper
– All Students using still life 3: begin with thumbnail sketches, but do not sketch your composition on paper. decide if you will use a full spectrum of colors or a limited palette, try these  colors out first, begin painting your composition on your paper referring to
 your sketch for placement. 
– Class discussion of still life for week 5: student created composition with choice of combing salt.
– Group Critique of Paintings

Week 5:  Review Sketchbooks/outside work, Demo using salt,
– Student created composition on larger watercolor paper with choice of combing salt.
– Follow directions in previous sessions for thumbnail sketches, transferring composition to watercolor paper, and beginning painting.

Week 6:  Review Sketchbooks/outside work, Demo TBD
– Student created composition with choice of combing salt-Continued/and or on larger watercolor painting.
– Follow directions in previous sessions for thumbnail sketches, transferring composition to watercolor paper, and beginning painting.
– Wrap up for class

Notes

Materials– Bring * material to first class

BRUSHES
Type: Sable, Ox hair, Squirrel and Sable synthetic
Flats: 2 Flats 1/2” & 1” Brand: Richesan Professional # 7010-England (or similar quality)
*Rounds: 1- 3 Small and 1- 2 Large. Small #1-5, Large #6, 8, 10 or 12
Brands: Isabey Petit Gris & Isabey 6223 Martre Pure, Raphael Martre Kolinsky-France, Winsor & Newton (Series 7); Rigger: Optional Scrubbers: or stiff acrylic brushes, toothbrush
Optional–For painting on Japanese Rice Paper: Chinese bamboo brushes

PAINTS/Pencils
Paints in Tubes: (Purchase * add more as desired) buy professional and light fast
Brands: Winsor Newton, Holbein, and Daniel Smith (order online if not available locally)
Light-fast Paints Coded– W&N: I, II, A, AA; Holbein: ***, **; Daniel Smith: I, II
Sepia, Burnt Umber*, Raw Umber*, Raw Sienna*, Burnt Sienna*
Crimson Lake*, Permanent Rose, Rose Doré, Quinacridone red*
Sap Green*, Under Sea Green (Daniel Smith), Green Gold (Daniel Smith) Winsor Green (red shade)
Winsor Green (Blue Shade)*
Cadmium Yellow Light*, Lemon Yellow*, Aureolin, Yellow Ochre. Jaune Brilliant #1
French Ultramarine Blue*, Colbalt Blue, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Winsor Blue (Red Shade),
Cerulean Blue*, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine) and other Violets
Additional: Cadmium Red Deep, Winsor Red Deep, Cadmium Orange, Paynes Grey, Titanium White, Brilliant Pink, Shell Pink
Watercolor Pencil(s): Soft, Caran D’Ache–*Bluish Pale #37; other pencils optional: primary, secondary and earthtones (browns and ochres), or buy similar set: Derwent, Caran D’Ache.

*WATERCOLOR PALETTE Select one
Plastic heavy duty with wells for paint and mixing area, or metal/plastic portable palette with lid
Paper Select one Exercise Pad and one other type of paper below- block or sheets
Brands: Fabriano (Artistico, Soft or Coldpress), Arches, Strathmore, Canson, Whatman, Lana
*140 lb Coldpress Spiral Bound or Pad Watercolor Tablet 9" x 12" (for exercises)
*140 lb Coldpress Watercolor Block (Approx. 9 x 12 inches) OR
*140 lb or 300 lb Coldpress, and/or Soft (Fabriano Artistico) Watercolor sheets 22" x 30"
Optional: 2-3 sheets Unryu White Rice Paper or Sekishu–available online at Dick Blick

Miscellaneous Material
Distilled Water-convenient size or let tap water sit for 24 hours,
*Natural Sea Sponge
*Drafting Tape & or Bullnose clips (for attaching paper to board)
*Foam core, Gator board, Homasote board-White faced building board 3/8” (support for paper)
*Paper Towels, Tissues, Rags, 2 Containers for water
Masking fluid- Daniel Smith, Daler-Rowney, “Masquepen, or Dr. PH Martin’s Frisket Mask Liquid, natural rubber pick-up eraser to remove masking fluid,
*Sketch Book, Tracing paper, *Kneaded eraser, *Drawing Pencils Staedtler Mars (soft 3B),
*Pencil Sharpener
For Plein Air Painting, or used in your home: Easel -Watercolor Painters Package Product #: 20-03 fr: SunEden Artist’s Gear http://www.sun-eden.com

Materials Available at following art stores:
Dick Blick https://www.dickblick.com/
1755 Maple Ave. Evanston,
42 S. State Street, Chicago
1574 N Kingsbury Street, Chicago

Daniel Smith www.http://www.danielsmith.com
Cheap Joe's www.cheapjoes.com
Dr. Ph Martin’s online: https://www.docmartins.com/
Sun-Eden Artists’ Gear https://sun-eden.com/
(good plein air easel available)

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Watercolor Composition & Technique
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Online-Live Meetings
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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Nov 02, 2021 to Dec 07, 2021
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Contact Hours
18.0
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Tuition and Fees non-credit $289.00
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Watercolor Composition and Technique
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Online: With Live Meetings
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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 01, 2022
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Contact Hours
18.0
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $289.00
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No class on Tue, 22 Mar 2022, Spring Break
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Watercolor Composition and Technique
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Online: With Live Meetings
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6:00PM to 9:00PM
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Mar 08, 2022 to Apr 19, 2022
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18.0
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $289.00
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No class on Tue, 22 Mar 2022, Spring Break
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